Over representation and disproportionality

Addressing the disproportionate representation of children from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups is a priority for the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. This section includes examples of the work being undertaken by different agencies to address ethnic disproportionality in the youth justice system.

This page provides examples of programmes, interventions, reports, guidance, tools and templates on the work to address overrepresentation of children within the criminal justice system.  Examples have been provided by YOTS and other key partners within the criminal justice system.

Summary: Attached is Tower Hamlets and City of London YJS toolkit, which is used at their management board to help identify and challenge disproportionality. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aim: Help highlight, track and challenge some key disproportionality concerns in Tower Hamlets and City of London YJS and partners     Description: The attached below Excel document…
‘None of us can fail to have been touched by the death of George Floyd and the renewed focus that it has rightly given to racism and discrimination. The Youth Justice Board has consistently set the tackling of disproportionality as a strategic priority and we know that there is much more to be done. For us, this will continue with…
Summary: Link to Young Advisors Report produced by Leaders Unlocked which identifies some of the experiences of young adults that have been through the CJS.     Leaders Unlocked, have published Young Advisors Report, which was co-produced by Leaders Unlocked and young adults with first-hand experience of the criminal justice system. This report is based on peer-led engagement with over…
Summary: CRAE have published two briefings which provide an overview of children’s right and the use of taser and spit-hood by police.     The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) have published Children’s rights, policing and the increasing use of spit-hoods and taser briefings, which give an overview of children’s rights and the use of Tasers by the police.…
Summary: Attached is an effective practice briefing, which aims to raise awareness of the needs of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) children in the youth justice system.     This effective practice brief aims to raise awareness of the needs of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) children in the youth justice system. It is intended as a tool for practitioners, particularly those…
Summary: MoJ Race Disparity Team have developed a guide to support those working in the CJS to work in a more effective way with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.    The Ministry of Justice’s Race Disparity team have developed this guide for criminal justice staff about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. The booklet is intended for both operational staff and…
Age: 10-17 Sex:  n/a Cost:  yes     Aims: At the earliest opportunity to divert young people committing low level offences away from the Criminal Justice System into effective interventions to reduce re-offending Further reduce youth crime through early identification of risk leading to a swift, appropriate and effective diversionary Restorative Justice response Increase community confidence in the Criminal Justice…
Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To give young people the opportunity to explore their heritage and roots To give young people an opportunity to learn about various cultures as well as an improved sense of identity     Description: This is a Heritage Lottery funded project in which young people explore their roots and heritage through…
The Young Review aims to improve outcomes for black and/or Muslim young men in the criminal justice system and works closely with the Ministry of Justice, National Offender Management Service and the YJB to achieve this objective.    You can access the full report here, or via the Young Review website.
Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aims: The Panel will provide a forum to ensure that the specific needs of BAME young people are promptly and specifically identified and recorded within the Care/Action Plan The Panel will monitor the progress of Care/Action Plans     Description:The Looked After Children’s Heritage Panel has been set up to promote positive…
Catch 22 has been involved in the LIFT Children’s Homes Project. This was a two-year project designed to explore barriers and identify solutions with an aim of improving outcomes for young people leaving residential care and supported accommodation.  A series of briefings have been produced based on the findings of the project:  The LIFT Children’s Home Project Briefing – Overview…
The attached guide is the Crown Prosecution Service’s endorsed 10 point checklist for offences in Children’s Homes. Awareness of this best practice checklist can play a role in reducing the number of looked after children unnecessarily charged for offences committed in children’s homes. Further information and context regarding the checklist can be found on the Youth Justice Legal Centre’s website.
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